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Can we think our way out of extinction?
In this month’s online edition of Noetic Now, we feature an excerpt from a new book that makes a strong case that the human intellect has not evolved at the same pace as the complexity of the challenges it now faces – to our collective peril. As sociobiologist-turned-change agent Rebecca Costa writes, “To finally answer the question [of] why human beings compulsively follow the same pattern of collapse again and again and again, we must come to terms with how we are wired to behave, irrespective of nationality, race, intelligence, wealth, or political convenience.” Fortunately, she also asserts that “signs of a cognitive threshold begin appearing long before collapse, so there is ample time to act.” Costa’s solution is to focus on cultivating the power of insight, using such tools as working in small groups, emphasizing brain fitness, training for innovation, elevating the role of play, “collaborating with complexity,” and practicing present-moment mindfulness. These will help, but will they be enough? Do we have the capacity to cross this threshold and avoid the darker scenarios that many are predicting if fundamental changes don’t happen soon? What do you think?
Check out IONS’ new teleseminar series, "Shifting Paradigms," which will focus on barriers to paradigm shift, how to accelerate positive change, and how the transformational process can occur on a global scale.
- Read The 2008 Shift Report: Changing the Story of Our Future, which explores the impacts of our belief systems and worldviews on individual and social well-being.
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